Museums Without Walls: Public Art to See for Free

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The Bay Area is home to some world-class art, some of it housed in big name institutions. But you don’t necessarily have to fork out any entrance fees to get your culture fix with the kids. Over the years millions of dollars have been spent on public art, executed by both international artists and critically acclaimed home grown talent. Think Richard Serra, Diego Rivera and Leo Villareal to name a few. It’s kid-friendly, free and just waiting to be discovered. Click through for the best of the Bay Area’s public art for pint-sized patrons.

Mitchell Park, Palo Alto

This is a playhouse with a difference. Bruce Beasley’s Arpeggio 5, is a hollow house-shaped sculpture recently commissioned for Palo Alto's remodeled Library and Community Center. Beasley used a computer program to design the artwork which is carved out of a single piece of stone. Several other artworks in Mitchell Park make it the perfect art tour for little people. Don't miss Brad Oldham’s ‘Wise and Whimsey’ owls. The perfect motif for a library, they double as bollards outside the entrance and prove to be comfy seats if you perch on their tails.

3700 Middlefield Rd,
Palo Alto, Ca


Photo credit: City of Palo Alto

What is your favorite piece of public art? Let us know in the comments below.

–Erin Feher, Emily Myers and Garrick Ramirez

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